Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Dec. 8, 2015), we ask whether the Carolina Panthers’ perfect start has been great or relatively mediocre. With a quarter of the NBA year gone, we wonder whether the Golden State Warriors can beat the Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record season. Plus, we take a look at how Leicester City is leading the English Premier League and whether the team is about to regress. And a Significant Digit about the unequal distribution of games on artificial turf in men’s and women’s soccer after the U.S. women’s team called off its game against Trinidad and Tobago in Hawaii because field conditions were unacceptable.
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- Neil Paine on the mighty Golden State Warriors.
- Kyle Wagner on whether the Warriors can go 73-9.
- Ben Morris says Stephen Curry is the revolution.
- Allison McCann talks about why the continued use of artificial turf in women’s soccer is unfair.
- Neil Paine takes the Perfect Panthers down a peg.
- Mike Goodman asks whether Leicester City is as good as its league position suggests.
- The Guardian’s Stuart James on Leicester’s rollicking start.
- Significant Digit: 8 out of 10. The number of games played on artificial turf during the U.S. women’s soccer team’s victory tour after it won the Women’s World Cup.
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